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A study on ‘Seol-Gang’, a jealous male villain in <JoSsiSamDaeRok>

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2020, (49), pp.173-197
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2020.49.173
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : April 22, 2020
  • Accepted : May 17, 2020
  • Published : May 31, 2020

Jeung Sun Hee 1

1홍익대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper examined and explored the trend and the meaning contained in it in <JoSsiSamDaeRok>, noting that Seol-Gang, a representative figure for "male villain" of <JoSsiSamDaeRok> which is one of the Korean full-length classical novels; he committes evil because of the feeling of jealousy. <JoSsiSamDaeRok> is one of the Korean full-length classical novels believed to have been created around the 18th century, featuring the stories of the children of the twin brothers, Jo Moo and Jo Seong. The person who commits the most persistent and heinous misdeeds in this work is Seol-Gang, who is jealous of his friend, Yoo-Hyun, the son of Jo Seong. He is jealous of his friend's family, ability and marriage, and tries to kill his friend and plots to do harm to the friend's wife. However, the plan does not go as planned, and he just collapses, being punished and repented, and in the process, his friend's virtues are highlighted. By setting up such a jealous character, this novel describes the subtle psychology of jealousy, the emotion that ordinary people can feel, and expresses human nature to induce reflection on it. In addition, by setting the male villain as a jealous person, the narratives, characters, and spaces are extended to those outside the family and various interesting elements are created to add to the fun of the work.

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